Camp permit

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One of the best things about guiding is the camps and outdoor adventures

At Guides, you have the opportunity to plan and deliver your very own camp by working through eight modules that make up the Camp Permit.

I think that pack holidays and Guide camps have given me the confidence to be away from home. I have had to be independent and learn skills such as cooking and looking after myself and others. It has given me the confidence to do things such as performing for others - Elizabeth, Guide.

By completing the permit you will develop leadership, planning, budget management and organisation skills. You will have shown how reliable and responsible you are, and that you can run an event from start to finish.

When can I do it?

To start working on your Camp permit, you and the majority of the Guides you're taking need to have gained your Camp stage four skills builder and be at least 12 years old. If you are 12, you can lead a Patrol camp alongside your unit camp. When you are 13 you can run a Patrol camp without your unit. To complete the permit, you also must have camped out for four nights in total, on two or more occasions since they joined Guides (either with their unit or outside of it). 

What you need to do

To get your Camp permit, you'll need to:

  • plan a camp
  • decide which activities you'll do
  • make sure everything is safe
  • plan your food and how you will cook it
  • make health and first aid arrangements
  • organise your Patrol to look after the campsite facilities
  • with your Patrol, plan and carry out your programme of events.

Module 1: Plan a residential event

1a: With your Patrol, decide on the type of event.
1b: Choose where you are going to stay.
1c: With your Leader, find an adult to act as emergency support.

Module 2: Plan the camp

2a: Look after the money side of the camp.
2b: Decide on equipment needed.
2c: Complete necessary Girlguiding forms.
2d: Plan what you have to do at the end of the camp.

Module 3: Plan to be safe

3a: Plan for emergencies.
3b: Agree event guidelines with your Patrol.

Module 4: Plan your food and how you will cook it

4a: Plan cooking and storage facilities.
4b: With your Patrol, plan your menus.
4c: Understand the importance of food hygiene and waste disposal.

Module 5: Make health and first aid arrangements

5a: Find out about the site's showers, toilets and water supply.
5b: Be prepared for any possible emergency.
5c: Check the first aid kit.

Module 6: Find the activity equipment you need

6a: Check the condition of equipment.
6b: Make sure everyone knows how to use the equipment.
6c: Return/replace used equipment.

Module 7: Organise the care and maintenance of campsite facilities

7a: Look after tents and personal equipment.
7b: Set up camp.
7c: Strike camp and return equipment.

Module 8: With your Patrol, plan and carry out your programme of activities

You can find more information about the Camp permit in your G File.